Rangers fans have been applauding Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun for a Tweet which proves the big centre-back “gets it”.
Leon, 33, joined Rangers last season following an injury to Nikola Katic and what started as a patch-over has blossomed into something of a love affair as the big defender continues to impress.
WE. ARE. RANGERS 🔴⚪️🔵
(King Leonidas Voice) pic.twitter.com/N5Q1jMNTW4
— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) October 4, 2021
Taking to Twitter, Balogun shared an image of himself celebrating the 2-1 win over Hibs with the caption “This. Is. Rangers” in the style of 300’s King Leonidas.
It’s gone down very well with supporters who were once again mightily impressed with the form of the defender who continues to stand-out amid injuries across the squad.
Balogun has played 10 times already this season and there has been a greater reliance on the ex-Wigan and Brighton man due to the absences of Connor Goldson and Filip Helander.
Something of a journeyman player who’s played across Germany for the majority of his career, it is telling that Rangers are now the second top first team on Balogun’s list of appearances by club.
By the end of his time at Ibrox don’t bet against the Gers being the club Balogun played for the most in his career and fans appreciate the defender’s commitment to the cause in Govan:
— Stevie Souness ✪ (@steviesouness) October 4, 2021
Absolutely colossal yesterday 👏🏻
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) October 4, 2021
Well played Top performance
— Alan Carmichael (@AlanC_44) October 4, 2021
Some huge performances from you recently big man keep it up 🔴⚪🔵
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) October 4, 2021
Superb commanding performance from you yesterday.
— Richie (@delinquentrich) October 4, 2021
Since Malmö you have been outstanding. Keep it up big man 👏🏻👏🏻
— M Mack (@BatuMack) October 4, 2021
Some performance from you yesterday first class
— Zander (@Zanderbjk) October 4, 2021
What a signing this man has turned into
— Duncan McMillan (@DuncanMcMilla18) October 4, 2021
Warrior, gives everything for the jersey.
— Angus Robertson (@gus805) October 4, 2021
This guy gets it!! What it's like to be a rangers player https://t.co/KcAEaQ50Vf
— john (@johnmasson2) October 4, 2021
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) October 4, 2021
Got to love big Leon.
Top man. 🔴⚪🔵 https://t.co/xeqVGFsh8m
— bombaziggo (@bombaziggo) October 4, 2021
This guy fuckin gets it 😍😍 https://t.co/TPXRBgUsTh
— 5tu Clim5on 🇬🇧 (@StuClimson) October 4, 2021
What a signing he has been https://t.co/1KDYND9XU0
— Lee (@leejclarke1872) October 4, 2021
Rangers fans certainly enjoy the commitment of big Leon Balogun who of course earned a Man of the Match award for his performance against Celtic earlier in the season.
Deputising at right-back or playing at centre-back, wherever Balogun plays fans know they’ll get a committed and passionate performance.
The player’s post-match interview from the clash with Celtic is the stuff of legend and here’s how fans reacted to it at the time.